A study has revealed data that reflects improved survival rates for breast cancer in the US. In an article for The Washington Post by Laurie McGinley, it is revealed that women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer are living longer and more comfortable lives.
Per the study, the five-year survival rate doubled for women below the age of 50 who were initially diagnosed with advanced disease between 1992-1994 and 2005-2012. The rate increased from 18 percent to 36 percent, and the median survival period for increased from 22.3 months to almost 39 months.
While metastatic breast cancer is still largely incurable, the numbers revealed in this study show that the advancement in aggressive treatments have allowed for longer prognoses in affected patients.
The study was also the first to estimate how many women live with advanced disease in the United States – around 154,000.
To read the full article in The Washington Post, click here.